If you were ever a fan of the old spy movies, you may remember how sooner or later the bad guys trip themselves up. It is always something they didn’t think of, that our heroes did, that in the end gets them caught. While today’s spies tend to be online and not a black-cloaked man in a bad accent, the threat is just as real.
Fortunately, the end is also the same, if you know what to do to prevent those cyber attacks in the first place. There are some pretty sophisticated software programs and platforms that have been designed to trip the bad guys up and keep them out. Here are a few you might want to consider, depending on the size and security of your own system.
When Microsoft is Your Platform of Choice
By and large, most of the businesses today that are not creative based are on a Microsoft-based system. While art studios and other creative based businesses still tend towards Apple as their system, if you are in the financial world or a related business, chances are you use Microsoft or PC-based computer systems.
For these networks, many rely on the security of Microsoft’s Azure Identity suite for their enterprise IT structures. This is because this software suite is not only designed specifically to work within the Microsoft structure, but to counter spyware designed specifically to attack this platform. If you work in the cloud, and most enterprise businesses do, then you will need this level of security.
Taking a Bite out of Apple
While it is still considered a safer system by many Apple fans, this doesn’t mean that you do not need to add some software to protect yourself from cyberattacks. Because Apple remains a smaller player on the world platform, many cyber attacks are not designed to work within this system. But this does not mean it is not vulnerable to attack.
Your best bet if you work in a standalone Apple environment is to keep your cyber attack protection up to date at all times. If you are networked with other computers or work in the cloud frequently, make sure you have the latest information on the current threats. Because this changes frequently, and many Apple users are small businesses, it pays to update your protection software on a nightly basis.
Black Hats and White Hats
Just as you could tell the bad guys from their black hats in the old style Western movies, today black hat technology gives the bad guys away to those who know. While both Google and Microsoft are working hard all the time to identify them within their networks, they aren’t foolproof.
Black hat methods can go undetected for years, depositing the viruses for dangerous worms that work their havoc across the network. If you are in doubt of whether your network is secure, have it tested for infiltration and virus infection immediately. Slow computers, strange popups and mystery messages are all signs it is time to get that white hat IT tech to clean you up now.